The Pharaoh : Queen Hatshepsut

Queen (Pharaoh) Hatshepsut
Queen (Pharaoh) Hatshepsut

For years, it appears that Cleopatra was one of the reigns to rule Egypt and her story became many movies. And there is no question why.  There is many phenomenal women that rule  and stood against time, but one ruler- QUEEN  appears to be the one who story needs to be told which she goes by the name of Queen Hatshepsut.   Queen Hatshepsut appears to be one of the strongest women in history who stood against many challenges of others who did not want her to succeed as a pharaoh.   Queen Hatshepsut is known to use remarkable strategies what we call today as political, Public Relations and behavioral reinforcement strategies.  These strategies  in her time allow her to gain the trust of her (some) people and to allow her to rule her kingdom for  very long years. One of her strategies that she found as a powerful tool was “dressing as a male”. According to highlighted key facts below, it stated the following about Queen Hatshepsut:

“ It appears that within the second or third year of this co-regency reign, Hatshepsut proclaimed herself king with complete titles. She would be known as Maatkare (Matt is the ka of Ra) and also Khnemet-Amun-Hatshepsut (She who embraces Amun, the foremost of women). In order to make Hatshepsut’s proclamation to king more official and more accepting to the Egyptian citizens, she invented a co-regency with her father Tuthmosis I. She even went as far as incorporating this fabricated co-regency into texts and representations. These were found decorating her mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri. In addition, and also to make things still more official, Hatshepsut dedicated a chapel to her father in her mortuary temple. She hoped to acquire more acceptance as the new ruler of Egypt by changing the beliefs of her people  Hatshepsut was a very unique and intelligent individual. She used various strategies to legitimize her position as pharaoh. Not only did she proclaim herself as pharaoh and fabricate a co-regency with her father (Tuthmose I), but she also tried to make herself more god-like by the invention of stories with the attachment to gods. She did this by making it appear as if the gods had spoken to her and her mother while in she was still in her mother’s womb. Hatshepsut misled her subjects and the uneducated public by indicating that Amon-Ra had visited her pregnant mother at the temple in Deir el-Bahri in the Valley of the Kings Hatshepsut was unique because she took on several male adornments while she ruled Egypt. Unlike most women of that time, she attached a false beard, wore male clothing, and was depicted in statutes as a pharaoh. She might have done this to make her transition to kingship and the acceptance of the priesthood more convincing. It may be that if she had ruled strictly with a more feminine-looking disposition she may not have been so readily accepted by the masses. Her strategy seemed to work and the priests supported her reign as pharaoh “

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